The mission of the Athletic Training Program (ATP) at Alfred University is to provide the student with knowledge, standards, behavior models, code of ethics, and skills needed as an Athletic Trainer. The professional program is based on a solid foundation in allied health care arena, with a strong emphasis in the professional domains as outlined by the role delineation study.
The student, while pursuing a degree in Athletic Training, shall develop proficiency in the following performance domains as determined by the Board of Certification (BOC):
1. Injury/illness prevention and wellness protection
2. Clinical evaluation and diagnosis
3. Immediate and emergency care
4. Treatment and rehabilitation
5. Organizational and professional health and well-being
The ATP is based on the philosophy that education is a life-long process. This is particularly true for a profession, which through its practice of specific skills, seeks to fill the needs of athletes and recreationally active individuals. The needs of this select group are dynamic due to continually improving methods of training and new findings through research. Therefore, the formal phase of professional education cannot hope to produce a fully and perpetually qualified practitioner. It must seek to thoroughly educate the students in these concepts, principles, and tools, which are particularly applicable to the continued acquisition of knowledge and perfection of skills in the field of athletic training.
The program provides interested students the opportunity of concentrated study and clinical work experiences. Upon successful completion of the ATP, the student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training, thus making the student eligible to sit for the Board of Certification exam. Upon passing the BOC exam, the student will attain the qualification of a Certified Athletic Trainer.
Goals of the ATP Program are as Follows:
1. Develop effective problem solving and critical thinking skills as compared to an entry level athletic trainer.
2. Develop effective written and oral communications skills as demonstrated through public speaking and various forms of written documents.
3. Develop competency in discipline specific knowledge.
4. Demonstrate competency in discipled specific skills.
5. Demonstrate knowledge and sensitivity pertaining to patients / athletes from diverse social economic, and cultural backgrounds.
6. Enter the field of Athletic Training within 2 years of graduation.
Alfred University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of February 19, 2016 by the CAATE, 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101.
Why study Athletic Training at Alfred University?
- We have an outstanding student-to-faculty ratio.
- Our faculty includes a physician who is a specialist in sports medicine.
- We offer internship opportunities at high schools; colleges and universities; hospitals and emergency rooms; physicians' offices and healthcare clinics.
- Students may participate in intercollegiate athletics as a member of one of our 21 varsity teams.
Program Director: Christopher L. Yartym
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